What Fictional Character Appears in the Most Movies? The Answer Is Important.

Professor Whipple gives the answer in one of her Psych classes in Mirror Reversal:

“Because I can eliminate all your experimental suggestions one by one, does this mean the leprechaun really does exist? I could use the same elusive argumentation to prove the existence of UFOs, extraterrestrials, guardian angels, ghosts, holy water, devils, the Loch Ness Monster, and genii. Remember a scientist needs evidence and the more extravagant the claim, the stronger the evidence has to be. Girls in the Middle Ages feared a demon incubus would rape them in their sleep; belief in supernatural nonsense can be bad for you. Speaking of the paranormal, just an aside, can anybody guess the literary character who’s appeared in the most movies?” Hands flew up. “That’s right. Who said Dracula? Not James Bond, not Santa Claus, not Rocky. Not even close. What’s that tell you about society? Remember in this class you’re a psychologist.” A few students stirred out of their daydreams at the mention of Dracula.

What does this say about society? It means that countless people are infested by demon memes.


Nosferatu (1922) • Dracula (1931) • Dracula (1931 Spanish Version) • Drakula İstanbul'da (1953) • Dracula (1958) • Dracula (1968) • Count Dracula (1970) • Dracula (1973) • Count Dracula (1977) • Dracula (1979) • Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979) • Dracula (1992) • Dracula (2002) • Dracula: Pages from a Virgin's Diary (2002) • Dracula (2006)

Dracula's Daughter (1936) • Son of Dracula (1943) • House of Frankenstein (1944) • House of Dracula (1945) • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948

The Brides of Dracula (1960) • Dracula: Prince of Darkness (1966) • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave (1968) • Taste the Blood of Dracula

One dividend of not believing is that the apostate is free of supernatural nonsense. What horrors in human history were engendered by this these ugly, unsavory beliefs? The natural world is wonderful and miraculously beautiful, yet people still need this world of demons and angels. They live in mental cages (boring jobs) and cut off from nature. The boogeyman fills the vacuum.

Political, business and religious leaders use the fear of the unknown and the subconscious to maintain control over people. Clergymen tell their followers that hell awaits if they don’t walk the straight road. Film producers take advantage of the misguided public to make money.

The irony is that the subconscious is basically good. Sure, there’s a territoriality that stems from the Prime Directive that leads to anger and envy, even murder and self destruction. But this is just part of our evolutionary baggage—the reptilian complex or R factor. This is what Golding calls “Jack” in the Lord of the Flies. Fear of the unknown, “the beastie,” is what Jack used to control the littl’uns.

Freud called it “mortido,” the destructive energy that resides in the id (it), the reservoir of physic animal energy that emerges from the oldest and most animalistic part of the brain, the hindbrain.

There’s a movie out now, Drag Me to Hell. I haven’t seen it and I don’t care to. Why focus on the negative side of life when the natural world is exquisitely beautiful and filled with wonder? Let stupid superstitious people have their vampires and see where it gets them.

Liam the Leprechaun sums it up in the last chapter. The dream is taken from the ideas of the great historian and scholar, Sir Edward Gibbon:

"With religion and superstition so powerful here, it’ll take centuries before humanity can evolve into a spiritual entity. People will steal the gold right out of your teeth, they will. We remain in the Dark Ages. But maybe some day, scholars, writers, artists and teachers in the local schools will be respected more than warriors, athletes, and egotistic pop-culture celebrities. Maybe some day enlightened leaders will spend more money on education and health than on machine guns and cruise missiles. Maybe some day enlightened leaders will learn that technology will never solve humanity’s real problems, and that the key to happiness resides in reconnecting with our primitive selves which is basically good.”

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Comment by Richard Goscicki on June 3, 2009 at 10:29am
Right on, Felch. Look at all the harm these weird beliefs have caused. "The devil made me do it." Bullshit.

Consider these satanic gourps. Makes no sense at all. If they reject religion and the supernatural, why believe in the underworld? The two go together.

Exact word: bulletproof. They are so insolated and isolated that their worldview is invulnerable.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on June 3, 2009 at 2:07am
Richard: S, My general point is that it's not healthy for society to be into demons and the underworld. Sure, there were some great horror movie.

All well and good, but this omits the most noxious of the spook obsessions - the mindless world of the conspiracy theorist. Even here, a supposed rational oasis, there is no avoiding them or their bullet proof imaginations.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on June 2, 2009 at 8:47pm
Just a word of appreciation to Doctor Meaden. Bravo! As one of my friends says very up-to-the-minute, "Atheistnexus rocks."
Comment by Richard Goscicki on June 2, 2009 at 8:38pm
S, My general point is that it's not healthy for society to be into demons and the underworld. Sure, there were some great horror movie. When The Thingcame out the '50s, it scared the piss out of me. I was around eight. But at least an extraterrestrial is plausible. It's these blood-suckin' sons-o-guns that bother me.

How about these people who need exorcisms? This is pretty weird and sick, and the priests that perform the ceremony are just as bad. He’s feeding the delusion.

Yeh, I consider Carl the greatest educator of the century, and I hope he goes in history on the level of Erasmus and Abelard.

About mankind being fundamentally evil, we can discuss this in the future. My feeling is that the verdict isn’t out yet. If we destroy ourselves then it appears to be so. The sad part is it only takes a few delusional fanatics to make it happen.
Comment by Richard Goscicki on June 2, 2009 at 8:21pm
Quite so. I didn't even think of Our Lord, Jesus. Although the Kings of Kings has been around a long time and had a lot of sequels, I don't think it quite makes it in numbers compared to good old Drac. I mean, Abbot and Costello even ran into him in the movies. How about Taste the Blood of Dracula. I wonder what kind of people saw that one.
Comment by Dr. Terence Meaden on June 2, 2009 at 6:21pm
Although Dracula immediately came to mind, I had begun to wonder whether you were going to suggest something like the supposed divinity that believers refer to as god or Jesus.

God and Jesus are both fictional literary divinities, very often mentioned in movies, although not appearing much as acted characters.
Comment by Gecko, Seth...brother of Richie! on June 2, 2009 at 5:05pm
First to comment! One of those memes is sitting on my shoulder. I'm not fully convinced the subconscious is basically good. I think it is developed along with our conscious mind. Children raised to fear demons, devils,vampires etc...will do just that ,and as adults most will put aside such nonsense ( the exception being the devil) aside. In the dark night however,in their dreams or when they want a good scare their subconscious may lead them back.
For me personally, I love horror movies, as do my lil heathens 16 and 10. They know its not real its great fun. Sometimes a horror film has a political message ie: Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, and so on. As for the good Sir Gibbons, I will happily lay my sword down when there is no reason to raise it. I hold Carl Sagan in the highest regard, hell, I love the man. I also hold King Leonidas in high regard for paying the ultimate price while saving the birth of western civilization. The world is filled with beauty, and many,many wonderful people.
We have progressed very far in a short amount of time. I have every reason to think we will continue with our progress, but the reptilian will be with us for a long time to come, possibly forever.

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